Fellow Workers1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness a knowing that you too have a Master in heaven. 2 b Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time c for us as well, that God will open up to us a d door for e the word, so that we may speak forth f the mystery of Christ, for which I have also g been imprisoned; 4 that I may make it clear h in the way I ought to speak. 5 ▼
▼ Lit Walk, j Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward k outsiders ▼
▼ Lit redeeming the time, m making the most of the opportunity. 6 n Let your speech always be ▼
▼ Or graciouswith grace, as though seasoned with p salt, so that you will know how you should q respond to each person. 7 r As to all my affairs, s Tychicus, our t beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information. 8 u For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may v encourage your hearts; 9 ▼
▼ Lit along with Onesimusand with him x Onesimus, our faithful and y beloved brother z who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here. 10 aa Aristarchus, my ab fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also ac Barnabas’s cousin Mark (about whom you received ▼
▼ Or ordersinstructions; ae if he comes to you, welcome him); 11 and also Jesus who is called Justus; these are the only af fellow workers for the kingdom of God ag who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me. 12 ah Epaphras ai who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always aj laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may ▼
▼ Or stand firmstand ▼
▼ Or complete or mature, am perfect and ▼
▼ Or made completefully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I testify for him that he has ▼
▼ Or much toil or great paina deep concern for you and for those who are in ap Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 aq Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also ar Demas. 15 Greet the brethren who are in as Laodicea and also ▼
▼ Or Nymphas (masc)Nympha and au the church that is in ▼
▼ One early ms reads theirher house. 16 aw When ▼
▼ Lit thethis letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part ay read ▼
▼ Lit themy letter that is coming from ba Laodicea. 17 Say to bb Archippus, “Take heed to the bc ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may ▼
▼ Or continually fulfillfulfill it.” 18 ▼
▼ Lit The greeting by my hand of PaulI, Paul bf write this greeting with my own hand. bg Remember my ▼
▼ Lit bonds, bi imprisonment. bj Grace be with you.
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